The narrator of “The Wall”, Pablo Ibbieta, is a member of the International Brigade, progressive-minded volunteers from other countries who went to Spain to help those who were fighting against Franco’s fascists in an effort to preserve Spain as a republic. Along with two others, Tom and Juan, he has been captured by Franco’s soldiers. Tom is active in the struggle, like Pablo; but Juan is just a young man who happens to be the brother of an active anarchist. In the first scene, they are interviewed in a very summary fashion. They are asked virtually nothing, although their interrogators seem to write down a great deal about them. Pablo is asked if he knows the whereabouts of Ramon Gris, a local anarchist leader. He says he does not. They’re then taken to a cell. At 8:00 in the evening an officer comes by to tell them, in a perfectly matter of fact manner, that they’ve been sentenced to death and will be shot the following morning. Naturally, they spend the night oppressed by the knowledge of their impending death. Juan is prostrated by self-pity. A Belgian doctor keeps them company to make their last moments “less difficult.” Pablo and Tom struggle to come to terms with the idea of dying on an intellectual level, while their bodies betray the fear they naturally fear. Pablo finds himself drenched in sweat; Tom can’t control his bladder.